Colour, Names, Postal.


Hi!  ‘Reading challenges’, are a great solution to a solitary journey.  Instead of closing a book and that’s it, wonderful bloggers take time to host a variety of themes.  I pick the ones that match my collection, with fun incentives to choose titles I already own.

I skip the ones that are scavenger hunts or über specific.  I want to freely dig into my tastes, without word games pointing in odd directions.  I notice I have enough on hand for the groups below.  The postal topic, hostessed by a Canadian, was too unique to pass up.  A few of the 40+ circles I’m in require subject matter that will take a bit of squeezing on my part:  such as historical fiction, old children’s stories, and ‘chunkster’ (if I decide to do it).  But a bit of a squeeze, as long as it comes from my private library, is part of the point and I’ll feel great about achieving it.




1.  BLUE or shades (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy).
2.  RED or any shade (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy).
3.  YELLOW or any shade (Gold, Lemon, Maize).
4.  GREEN or any shade (Emerald, Lime, Jade).
5.  BROWN or any shade (Tan, Chocolate, Beige).
6.  BLACK or any shade (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal).
7.  WHITE or any shade (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream).
8.  OTHER colours (Purple, Orange, Silver, Magneta).
9.  IMPLIES colour (Plaid, Paisley, Shadow, Light).


Blue Fire”  Phyllis A. Whintey  1961
Red Fox And His Canoe”  Nathaniel Benchley  1964
The Case Of The Golden Boy”  Eric Wilson  1994
Green Apple Street Blues”  Ted Staunton  1987
Copper Sunrise”  Bryan Buchan  1972
Black Amber”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1964
Time For The White Egret”  Natalie Savage Carlson  1978
The Mystery At Lilac Inn”  Mildred A. Wirt  1930
The Secret Of Shadow Ranch”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931



1.  Up / down or equivalent.
2.  Something in your kitchen.
3.  Party or celebration.
4.  Fire or equivalent.
5.  An emotion.
6.  Lost / found or equivalent.


(1)  “Copper Sunrise”  Bryan Buchan  1972
(2)  “Green Apple Street Blues”  Ted Staunton  1987
(3)  “Dancing Feathers”   Christel Kleitsch  1985
(4)  “Blue Fire”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1961
(5)  “Uncertain Voyage”  Dorothy Gilman  1967
(6)  “The Foundling Fox”  Irina Korschunow  1982




~Postcard Level~      Review 4 with a postal theme.
~Real Mail Level~      Review 8 with a postal theme.
~Parcel Post Level~  Review 12 with a postal theme.


Mystery In The Pirate Oak”  Helen Fuller Orton  1949
Involves priceless stamps and how the earliest ones worked.

Ghost Town Treasure”  Clyde Robert Bulla  1957
A small post office is featured and a diary guides the story.

The Haunting At Cliff House” Karleen Bradford  1985
The most integral information derives from a diary.

If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln” Anne McGovern  1966
Describes the origins of the post office.

 “Street Of Riches”  Gabrielle Roy  1955
One of the stories is entirely told through letters and postcards.

The Secret”  Carol Beach York  1984
There is letter communication, although not prevalent.
However a hand-delivered note might have caused this story’s pivotal death.

“Never Call It Loving”  Dorothy Eden  1966

Critical political bill-drafting and even invisible ink between lovers, drive a riveting real life story.

“The Sign Of Four”  Arthur Conan Doyle  1890

Notes and telegrams are how everyone communicated in the 1800s.  This tale was born from game-changing letters and journal notes left by a lady’s Father.


I choose ‘Postcard Level‘ of this very original theme, about “epistolary fiction”:  novels in the form of letters, diaries, or e-mails.  Also accepted are non-fiction on letter-writing and any story incorporating a post office or mail.


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2 Responses to Colour, Names, Postal.

  1. Melwyk says:

    Wow, you have taken on a LOT of challenges! So glad you found mine and thought it was a unique theme ;) Great choices on the postal theme!

    • Thank you so much! It doesn’t always happen but I find it an honour, when a circle’s hostess takes a look at your entry. I believe I’ve reached 8 in your thought-provoking theme! I’ll write those 2 reviews soon.

      I’m giving serious thought to hosting. I hope the difference I provide is noticeable, from the usual mystery, paranormal, and word games.

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